Vaccines are the first line of defense for your pet. They help boost your pet’s immune system which helps them to stay healthy and lengthen their lifespan. Without vaccines, your pet can become exposed to serious illnesses that can be expensive to treat and even fatal.
When should my puppy get vaccinated?
The ideal time for puppies to begin vaccination is between 6 to 8-weeks-old. Once your puppy is weaned off their mother’s milk they have no protection from illnesses. Puppy vaccines should be administered every three weeks until they are 4-months-old.
How often will my adult pet need boosters?
A year after your pet finished their puppy series they should get booster shots. Core vaccines should be administered every three years or every year, depending on the specific vaccine.
If your adult furry friend was not vaccinated as a puppy it’s never too late to start. Our veterinarians are always available to discuss your pet’s options.
Which vaccines are necessary for my pet?
All vaccines protect your furry friend from harm and diseases some of which can be fatal. To ensure that every pet is protected, the law stipulates that certain vaccines are mandatory. These vaccines are considered as core or essential for every pet. Core vaccines for puppies and dogs include:
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Hepatitis
Core vaccines are not the only beneficial vaccines your pet may need. Non-core vaccines are sometimes recommended for pets who are more exposed to certain risk factors. A veterinarian may recommend other important vaccinations for your loyal companion if their environment or lifestyle puts them at risk. Non-core vaccines include:
- Lyme disease
Our veterinarians may ask questions such as:
- Does your pet travel?
- Does your pet play in wooded areas?
- Will your pet spend any time in boarding or a dog park?
- Does your pet participate in hunting or other sports?
To speak with one of our veterinarians to find out which vaccines your pet needs, reach out to us at 905-856-7387.
Will my pet have any side effects from the vaccine?
All vaccines are completely safe for your loyal companion, but not all pets react the same way to vaccines. Occasionally, some pets may experience mild side effects after getting their injections. The symptoms include soreness at the injection site, fatigue, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. Your pet’s symptoms will diminish within 48 hours and they’ll be back to their usual health in no time.